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Madeleine McCann: James Nesbitt Is Missing The Plot And 100 Hairs

by | 30th, October 2014

Just as the Daily Express gets its weather news from looking at a crystal ball, the ‘World’s Greatest Newspaper’ conjures front-page news of Madeleine McCann from the ether.




The headline tells readers:

Madeleine McCann: 100 strands of untested human hair provide new hope in DNA hunt


Gerard Couzens reports:

Nearly 100 strands of hair tested during the original Madeleine McCann investigation were never DNA-matched, it emerged today. Portuguese forensic experts analysed 444 hair strands they believed could hold the key to the youngster’s May 3 2007 disappearance.

They found 432 were human and 12 non-human. They were unable to DNA-match 98 of them and only obtained partial results from 19 of them, Portuguese daily Correio da Manha reported.

The Mccann That is interesting. Where were the hairs found?

A Met Police team led by DCI Andy Redwood announced their wish to look again at forensic material collected in the early days of the Madeleine McCann investigation during a visit to the university town of Coimbra earlier this month.

They met with the bosses of Portugal’s Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences in Coimbra, two hours drive north of Lisbon, where most of the material, also said to include 25 blood and saliva samples, is held.

So Portuguese police wer enot all that bungling, then? Material was collected. And c an you amtch DNA to someone whose DNA you don’t have?

Institute president Francisco Brizida, said afterwards: “I have the certainty they went away very happy.”

“The tonic of the meeting was about the possibility of the tests on samples collected in 2007 being re-done. The British police wanted clarification on the examinations the institute had carried out during the early stages of the inquiry in the areas of genetics and biology. We talked about non-identified material that was collected in Madeleine’s apartment. I can’t say for sure new DNA tests that didn’t yield a conclusive result in 2007 could now yield an objective result. But technology nowadays allows us to go further than years ago in areas like genetic markers. Several possibilities are open. One could be that British police do the tests in Britain with British technology and another that the institute does them. But that’s an area in which the institute does not have the last word. There’s a situation of judicial cooperation and a new international letter of request would be necessary.”

So. No new facts. But it’s entertaining.


The Not Kate and Gerry McCann show


The Herald : “TV review: The Missing borrows too much from the McCann case”

The McCann case has one fact: child goes missing. What could a TV drama share with that case? Or is Julie McDowall talking of the media narrative that was spaun from that single thread?

Mum, dad and child are on holiday in France and everything is sweet and lovely. It’s actually a bit saccharine, as they laugh and frolic in a sunny meadow, then gather to make

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